Nov 20, 2015 Sports
RHTGG, Young Warriors, Tucber Park and West Berbice advance to semi-finals
The 2015 RHTYSC/Busta Champion of Champions 40 0vers cricket tournament bowled off last Saturday in the brilliant sunshine at four venues across the ancient county. All matches attracted sizeable crowds and at the end of the first round, Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets, Tucber Park, Young Warriors and West Berbice advanced to the semi-finals.
At the Area ‘H’ Ground, RHTGG cruised past Upper Corentyne by 163 (one hundred and sixty three runs), Young Warriors defeated Police by five wickets at the Cumberland Ground, Tucber Park crushed Bush Lot Rising CC by 176 (one hundred and seventy six) runs, at the Edinburgh Ground, while West Berbice got the better of Blairmont at the Blairmont Community Centre. Former national youth cricketer Clinton Pestano slammed a brutal 110 0ff 72 balls to lead RHTGG to an imposing 302 for 7 off 40 overs against Upper Corentyne.
Pestano received support from Renwick Batson – 40, Jason Sinclair – 48, Jason Anderson – 32 and Eon Hooper – 33 not out. Pestano struck eight massive sixes and four boundaries and shared a crucial sixth wicket partnership of 100 (one hundred) with Anderson after RHTGG were reduced to 106 for 5 in the 16th over. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Omesh Khemraj claimed 2 for 46 and R. Latchman 2 for 76.
In response Upper Corentyne were bowled out for 139 in 23.2 overs as only Veriah Gooniah 17, Naeem Yacob 27 and Balram Samaroo 22 reached double figures, as off spinner Collis Butts claimed six wickets for 34 runs off 7.2 overs, while Eon Hooper 2 for 23, and national under-17 pacer Slyus Tyndall 2 for 30 offered support.
At the Cumberland Ground, Police amassed 214 all out in 39.3 overs after winning the toss. Martin Singh 20, Brentnol Wolford – 47 (3×4), S. McPherson – 32 , and W. Ricardo 20 were the principal scorers as Sudesh Dhani 2 for 35, Amir Khan 3 for 56 and Kassim Khan 2 for 27 bowled well for the home team. Needing to score 215 for victory, the home team reached 221 for 5 in 38.5 overs as Ishwar Singh 45, Kevin Sinclair 39, Wahied Edwards 58, Gajannah Singh 25 and Sean Hetmeyer 25 not out batted well. Bowling for the Police team, off spinner D. Doris claimed 2 wickets for 37 runs (8 overs).
The match between Tucber Park and Bush Lot Rising was reduced to 35 overs per side, due to the late arrival of the Bush Lot team. Tucber Park batting first, after winning the toss, reached 245 for 7, with Berbice senior player Devon finishing unbeaten on 99 with ten boundries and one six. Ramario Sheperd 35 and Joemal La Fluer 27 were the other main batters for Tucber Park as only Glenroy Fraser 3 for 23 from four overs, bowled well for Bush Lot. In response Bush Lot were bowled out for 69 in 18 overs as only Matthew Dayaram 16 and Fraser 12 reached double figures. Ramario Sheperd 4 for 30, Kellon Pellew 4 for 12 and Eugene LaFluer 2 for 5 bowled well for the winners.
At the Blairmont Ground, West Berbice crushed Blairmont by 5 wickets to book their spot in the final four. Blairmont, after losing the toss were bowled out for 145 with only Nigel Trotz 32 not out, Dereck Cadogan 27 and Javed Karim 15 offering any resistance to the West Berbice bowling attack of Rondell Babb 3 for 23 (7 overs) and Kris Ramnarine 3 for 21. West Berbice in response raced to 147 for 5 from just 18 overs as Quancy McPherson played aggressively for 58 (4×4, 1×6), while Arthley Bailey was unbeaten on a well played 36. Leg spinner Kevin Jawahir bowled well for Blairmont to claim 4 for 40 off seven overs.
The Busta Champion of Champions 2015 edition is the 12th of its kind and is organized by the Cricket Development Committee of the RHTYSC. The semifinals of the tournament would be played tomorrow.
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